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The memory of an individual is written in indelible script in space
and time. Today we pause in our busy lives to bid a sad farewell to
our fellow Rotarian and lifelong friend, Duane Palmer. Each
departed friend is a magnet that attracts us to the next world, for death and
love are the two wings that bear the good man to heaven. Duane was that
good man. A physician who dedicated his life to helping others. A well
known figure in the East County of San Diego, where he had a family practice serving the community and the remote regions of the area. During his service to our community and Rotary, Duane served in a variety of club positions. He was that quiet voice that made sure things were accomplished, and during his final years of service, served as Chairman of our Charitable Giving Committee.
Duane was always actively involved in our club projects, from fund-raising to the hands-on effort to clean up a local park. One of his last actions on behalf of the club was to ensure that all the proper documents were completed for this year’s charitable giving grants.
It takes a lifetime to build the character of a noble man. The exercise and discipline of youth, the struggles and failures of maturity, the loneliness and tranquility of age. These make the fire through which Duane passed through that brought out the pure gold of his soul. Duane was that person with a heart and soul of gold. Duane would want us to remember to not be sad, for he is not leaving us, but just continuing on his journey – he is arriving.
When God sends forth a tiny soul, to learn the ways of earth, a Mother’s love is waiting here – and we call this wonder – Birth. When God calls home a tired soul and stills a fleeting breath, a Father’s love is waiting there, this to is birth – not death.
God’s finger touched him, and he slept.
Thank you Duane for being our Friend.
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It was with a sad hearth that we learned that our friend and fellow Rotarian Sandy Behar had passed from our life here on earth to take on even higher levels of service with God.
Sandy, the person you could always count on. From hosting the annual Holiday party at his home, to making sure the hamburgers were ready at every work project the club participated in around the community. Who can forget his effort to ensure we assisted in every way possible with those unfortunate people living in Hatti.
Sandy was that special person who was always actively involved in our club projects, making sure we remained a strong vibrant club, and ensuring we had outstanding fellowship involving all our families.
From the writings of Alfred Lord Tennyson:
“Sunset and evening star,
And one clear call for me,
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
When I put out to sea.
Twilight and evening bell,
And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
When I embark;
For tho’ from out our bourne of time and place
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crossed the bar.”
When God sends forth a tiny soul, to learn the ways of earth, A Mother’s love is waiting here - we call this wonder - birth.
When God calls home a tired soul, and stills a fleeting breath, a Father’s love is waiting there, This too is birth - not death.
Farewell Sandy, and thank you for making our lives richer and more productive,
Because - YOU CARED!
We will miss his friendly smile, along with his words of good cheer and support.
La Mesa Rotary supports the youth of East County and Baja!
Over the past year we have supported many youth programs in La Mesa, East County and even Baja!
We start the year with our Dictionary Project where we provided every 3rd Grader in the La Mesa / Spring Valley school district with their own Dictionary.
We support Grossmont High School and Patrick Henry High School Interact Clubs.
We have the Bill Kalt Scholarship Program at Patrick Henry High School. This committee picks two new Freshman each year and helps mentor them through high school. Upon graduation each is given a check for $2,000 towards further education.
Rotary LEADS program - we sponsor 4 Junior High students to attend the Rotary LEADS - leadership camp
Rotary RYLA - a weekend camp for high school juniors chosen as class leaders. La Mesa Rotary sponsored 8 juniors to go to this year's LEADS weekend.
The Invisible Threat - a critically-acclaimed documentary that explores the science of vaccination and why fears and misperceptions have lead ...Sponsored by the La Mesa Rotary
La Mesa Police Youth Leadership camp.
Bikes for Kids Program - We sponsored bikes and bike helmets to every 3rd grader at Rolando Elementary School
Door of Faith Orphanage - we were able to visit this orphanage in Baja and bring them supplies and help rebuild thrier laundry room.
The La Mesa Rotary Club supports the community in many ways. One of those is with our Charitable Giving. During the past Rotary year we have supported numerous programs in La Mesa, East County & San Diego. Here are some of those programs:
Home of Guiding Hands
Sports for Exceptional Athletes
East County Family YMCA
San Diego Festival Chorus
Gina Marie Dayton Guardian Angel Foundation
Ivan Noland Scholarship Fund Grossmont College
La Mesa Parks & Rec
Meals on Wheels
Bill Kalt Scholarships
Grossmont High School Student of the Year
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